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"cnn newsroom" with carol costello begins right now. happening now in the "newsroom," breaking overnight, california inferno. walls of flames, burning through the l.a. area. >> stay until i know that our house is still here. >> as long as our families and dogs are safe, we can get through this. >> reporter: july 4th attack. boston bomber suspect telling investigators they initially planned an independence day attack in downtown boston. plu plus, reese under arrest. >> are you about to find out who i am. >> the family of the woman missing for 11 years talks to cnn. >> i hope to eventually forgive her one day. >> the daughter hopping that her
daughter rots in hell. >> do you want see her? >> as of right now, i don't. i don't think she deserves to see me. >> you're live in the "cnn newsroom." >> this is breaking news. thank you so much for being with me. i'm carol costello, a glimmer of good news on the economy. and a glint of hope for americans searching for a job. minutes ago, we learned 165,000 jobs created in april. that is better -- better than expected and it pushes the jobless rate down slightly. ever so slightly to 7.5%. that's the best rate by the way since december 2008. cnn's business guru, christine romans joins us from new york to parse the numbers. should we be doing the happy dance? >> i think we should, and quite frankly, stock futures are up. you could see records of the open if this holds. could be a record morning for stocks, watching 1,600. and here is why. for the first time in a long
time, the jobless rate falls, and not because people are leaving the labor market, but people keep getting jobs, what the chart looks like for job reaction for the year. february and march were much better than expected, in february, carol, 332,000 jobs were created. the labor market is revising its numbers and stronger in february than we thought. march, thought it was 88,000, now 130,000. in april, 65,000. a lot of people who are looking for a job want to know where they are coming from. service related industry, retail trade, health care, leisure and hospitality. where we saw big job gains. when we look at overall the unemployment rate. the lowest since 2008. i want to show you how it's drifting lower here. the jobless rate is drifting lower. some months we've been saying, it's agonizing, because people are leaving the labor market. this time around. looks as though the jobless rate fell.
more people getting jobs, not because people were leaving the labor market. more people signing up for part-time jobs, they would have liked full-time jobs, that shows weakness in the underlying labor market. so when you see job creation of more than 150,000 per month, that's a good thing. we have seen that so far this year. one last chart. the labor market participation rate, lowest since 197 9. the people engaged in the labor market held steady. you want to see that number pulled steady. >> reaction from the white house. jessica yellin traveling with the president in mexico. jessica has the white house released a statement yet? >> reporter: good morning, carol. the white house has not yet released a statement. as soon as they do, i expect it will be a measured and positive reaction that acknowledges the fact that numbers have fallen to a four-year low, but also says the u.s. has a long way to go.
gent response from white house officials that this is pretty consistent with what the white house has been maintaining all along, they see growth in the private sector. the effects of sequestration, across-the-board spending cuts, holding the economy back in other ways. some of the games being played in washington as they would put it, are holding the economy back. the big-picture theme would you get, if washington were working better, if the white house and congress could come to terms on some rt of big debt deal, then the economy would be growing even more aggressively. so i think you will see a mixed reaction, with the white house acknowledges that is very positive, but could be even better if there were more movement by nation lawmakers. >> as soon as the white house releases the statement, we'll take you back to mexico. and we want to take you to steven wallace, senior editor
for the "wall street journal" editorial page. >> good morning. >> we have heard from grover norquist, and he says we shouldn't read too much good news into these numbers, but come on. >> look this is a positive report. christine nailed it. everything she said was very accurate. you know, christine, one of the most important things was the fact that you saw the upward revisions in the previous month. no question right now, the economy is picking up a little bit of steam. carol, i would like to see the economy grow a little faster. not quite dancing a jig right now, but i had swill say this. the one thing i am most concerned about right now. it's what christine mentioned at the end of the report. more and more people are getting hired. getting hired involuntarily in part-time jobs and i do think th there are a lot of reasons. people are still skiddish about
bringing people on full time. but the obama care law is inc t incentivitizing businesses not to hire people full time because of those new costs of that law. >> that's right. a lot of small business people aren't hiring many people because of obama care, and, you know, they are really a major part of our economy. they fuel the economy. i think they have a large part in the economy. >> do you know what a 49er is? >> in san francisco i do. >> no, not a miner. 49ers are businesses that are capping workers at 49, because once you hire 50, all of the new regulations take effect. i can't tell you how many times i talk to employers who say we can't afford to hire that 50th worker. other thing that employers are worried with, once you hire somebody for more than 30 hours a week, they are considered full time. you talk about things washington
could do to help the labor market, one of the things, let's say 100 workers, not 50, so those medium-sized businesses can expand. >> when have yyou have 50 emplo are you required to provide health care. >> that's right. the extra cost of hiring one additional worker can be huge, because that means every worker has to receive the health insurance and when are you talking about businesses that like mcdonald's, retail stores, with small more engines, those with big costs. the big news, the which he is picking up steam. i would like to see it growing faster, and i do agree with grover so far this recovery has still been subpar, but i have my fingers crossed. see the stock market on a tear, so there is a wealth effect. businesses are starting to feel they can invest a little bit right now. let's hope we can sustain this. >> i hope so. >> speaking of the markets,
let's go to the new york stock exchange, check in with alison kosik. what do you expect to see when the markets open at 9:30. >> get ready for the bulls to run. could see the dow hit another record today. could be an historic day for the s & p 500. all pointing to it taking the s & p above 600. that gives the momentum that your guest was just talking about. the wealth effect keeps going. a found a critic, a trader i talked to a short time ago, skeptical about numbers, look, you look at the economy as a whole. the economy has been producing weak manufacturing reports over the past month and a half. he said the number, 165,000 jobs added last morning itnth, it's t it's half what we need to continue growth in the jobs
market. the wealth effect that your guest was just talking about. there is a huge disconnect. the bulk of the country, bulk of americans, not invested in the stock market. their biggest asset is the home, and the home prices are depressed or underwater. meaning they owe more than their house is worth. one trader is skeptical about jobs numbers as far as strong recovery going on, but the triple digit gains in numbers i have to say, they are a good sign, carol. >> yes, they are let's look at the glass half full this morning. alison kosik, we'll check back at 9:30 eastern time to see hout markets are faring. latest updates in the boston bombing investigation. today, we could find out exactly how tamerlan tsavraev was killed during his confrontation with police. a hearse, presumed to be carrying his body, spotted at a funeral home.
tsavraev's cyssisters and uncle have claimed the body. it won't be burieded until a complete autopsy is done. relatives say the burial -- we're not sure where burial is. we'll check on that. new details on the plans for the bombing, where they were built, and how they got their hands than on dzhokhar's laptop. jason carroll with details. >> good morning, carol. investigators learned about this information during an early interview with cztsavraev. and he said that he and his brother built the bombs at tsavraev's apartment, and the original plan was to detonate the bombs on independence day. a u.s. law enforcement official tells cnn the brothers initially considered a suicide attack during the 4th of july
celebration. when the charles river esplanade is packed with spectators for an open air concert and fireworks. dzhokhar told investigators november moved up the date because the bombs were ready. built in the very home tamerlan shared with his wife and child. late thursday, a van believed to be carrying tamerlan's body, transferred it to a funeral home outside boston. all this as investigators continue to focus on his kid york katherine russell. it's unclear what, if anything, russell may have known or suspected. russell's attorney says she continues to cooperate with authorities. and authorities also have more questions for dzhokhar tsavraev's three friends from the university of massachusetts dartmouth. now facing charges of obstructing justice and lying to authorities. one of whom led authorities to cz tsavraev's laptop, which could
provide more clues. and as the vastgation continues, so too does the recovery for victims. like mark, who lost a leg in the bombing. the other leg shattered, his arms riddled with shrapnel. >> i was scared, because it was dark. i thought i was dead, it was over. >> reporter: he draws strength every day from a photo of his 5-year-old son. >> every time they stick me with another needle, cut me, put something, do something, ripping, changing bandages, i look at that picture. that's what got me through it. >> reporter: and also, carol, an update on tamerlan tsavraev, where he will be buried. many people in boston do not want him buried here. what we are being told, an uncle actually claimed the body last night. the tsavraev family wants an independent autopsy performed. once that is done, a spokeswoman from russia says the tsavraev family does, indeed, want him buried right here in boston. >> all right. thanks for the clarification. jason carroll reporting live
from boston. we want to bring in tom fuentes from new york city. a former fbi assistant director and cnn law enforcement analyst. welcome, tom. >> good morning, carol. >> according to many sources, these two suspects, finished building their bombs quickly some of quickly they actually drove around boston trying to find a target. cased police department eed eee finally settled on the boston marathon. does this sound like a well organized plot? >> not really. but this is what dzhokhar told the fbi shortly after his arrest. they are skeptical. they are not accepting the information he told them completely 10 0%. verifying it, going through the investigation to see if there are indications that what he says turns out to be true. much of it so far has turned out to be the way he described it.
they have a tendency on this thing to believe they were somewhat disorganized as to what they were going to do, when they were going to do it, based on finishing the bomb. >> now we found out that they had originally planned to detonate these bombs, supposedly, on july 4th and then as i said, they finished making the bombs quickly and had to find another target. >> right. we're not sure what the intention or target could be for july 4th. might have had been a place with more security. you had to go through magnetometers to get in, where there was a greater concentration of people. they were looking for a place where people were out in the open, excused and you didn't have to go through a security checkpoint to be near a group of people. >> the bombs supposedly made at the home with tamerlan tsavraev lived with his wife and child. >> right. >> are you absolutely sure that
dzhokhar tsavraev, because that's where the information came from, is telling the truth, that that's where tamerlan made the bombs? >> no, they are doing the investigation to verify that. the investigation at the home to look for any evidence of the material, even trace evidence of it, still being in that apartment, to verify that some of the components at one point were in there, if not the entire pomp. that doesn't mean they accept that as the truth. they have been conducting that right after they were arrested. >> police have the laptop, dzhokhar's laptop which may or may not provide useful information, right? >> it always does it will provide something, or they wouldn't want to hide it. the laptop taken by up with of the individuals charged with obstruction, and he held onto it. not taken to the dumpster. he it still in the dorm and
turned it over, very quickly, to the fbi early on. so they had that laptop for a while, and computers are always a wealth of information, terms of websites they visited. possibly e-mails or if they had separate e-mail accounts that no one knew about. a great deal of information to be had and they have been getting from the laptop since they recovered that a while back now. they had it for a while. >> tom fuentes, thank you so much. >> thank you, carol. >> families of the victims killed in the boston bombings could get more than 1 million each. survivors who lost more than limb could get more than $1 million. 12 other amputees will get close to a million each. the one fund boston will unveil a plan to distribute the money next week. the fundraised $28 million since the bombings. now to southern california. battling selveral huge wildfire.
biggest fire in ventura county, where 8,000 acres have already burned. 2,000 homes could go up in flames and check out the pictures, unbelievable. these are conditions v vercammen found yesterday. >> reporter: the smoke is encircling the entire neighborhood and these people are trying to evook wait. >> flames inching closer to entire neighborhoods, those homes sit empty as owners wait it out in safer locations. stephanie elam joins us, good morning, stephanie. >> reporter: good morning, carol. i can give you an update. this fire here in ventura county known as the spring fire, has ballooned up to 10,000 acres that officials estimate were burned. throughout the night, we watched the entire hillside burn, jump over the pacific coast highway and right toward the pacific ocean where it was out of land.
the issue isn't, this isn't the only fire burning and that is taxing resources throughout the state. >> just came in like that. >> reporter: high winds, soaring temperatures and dry brush are giving california's fire season an early start. wildfires across the state are turning toward homes, keeping hundreds of firefighters busy and residents on edge. >> stay until i know my house is still here. >> as long as our family and dogs are safe, we can get through this. >> fire sprouted up in four southern california counties over the past couple of days. two of the fires contained quickly. >> we stepped up several weeks ago, brought in air tankers, hired seasonal firefighters. what bodes for us, what will the rest of the year be like, will we wear people out? that's the bigger question. >> reporter: as they got a handle on the summit fire, burning 25 miles west of palm springs, a blaze in ventura county began to spread quickly
on 25-mile-per-hour winds. erupting between the 101 freeway and the pacific ocean north of malibu, the so-called spring fire charred 6,500 acres in five hours. >> we're getting hot, long days, winds, and low humidity, and this stuff is ripe and ready to burn. >> reporter: the number of active fires, including three burning in northern california, that is making this outbreak unusual. >> we don't see this type of activity usually until august or september. >> reporter: in the wake of the summit fire, one man dealing with immeasurable loss. his mother, who bought this home in 1973, passed away just one month ago. >> thank god i wasn't in the house when it happened. thank god i was able to get my dog out and my mom was watching over me, and so were the neighbors that are around. >> reporter: now, the good news is that fire is 55% contained. it did burn some 3,000 acres, that manian being the only person to lose their home. here at the ventura fire where
we are standing, there are still flames right above me on this hillside. only 10% contained and as you may be able to tell by the shot around me, it is really starting to get windy here and that's what firefighters are concerned about, carol. it could really toss flames in different directions. >> and frankly, air quality doesn't look so good. in between shots, are you wearing a mask. what is it like to breathe there? >> reporter: yeah, in the last couple of hours, as you can see behind me, the smoke is really starting to pick up, and that smoke is really thick. you can feel it, it was giving me a headache. i started to wear the mask to control that. as the winds have picked up. smoke is coming toward us, firefighters are really concerned about the fire spreading to the southwest. there are homes in that canyon area behind there. not a whole lot. but they are concerned about the fire spreading that direction. >> stephanie elam reporting live. ahead in the news room, scathing dashcam video thougsho
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23 minutes past the hour. time to check top stories. president obama will speak to students in mexico city as the president wraps up a two-day trip that focuses on the shared economic interests. and then he heads to costa rica. john mccain believe theres is a 50/50 chance a revised bill to expand gun background checks will come before the congress. six people were killed in the tucson incident and a dozen more injured, including gabrielle gifford. crews are back on new york's hudson river, looking for a crashed plane and anyone who might have been inside. the plane went down thursday afternoon, 40 miles southeast of albany. all witnesses tell a local paper, the plane hit the water, burst into flames and sank. authorities are not releasing the name of the pilot.
witherspoon's apology off to a rocky start. she said she is really sorry. the dashcam video has gone viral. tmz has the video. here it is. >> i'm an american citizen. >> stop. i told you to get in the car and stay in there. there is beyond. this is harassment. are you harassing me as an american citizen. i have done nothing against the law. >> yes, have you. . >> you haven't listened. >> reese, relax. >> i'm being arrested and handcuffed? >> yes. >> do you know my name, sir. >> i don't need to know it. >> you don't need to know it?
okay. are you about to find out who i am. >> oh. later, witherspoon's husband, jim toth made clear he nothing to do with his wife's rant. >> i'm being anti-american? >> yeah. go sit down. >> go sit down. it will be a lot easier. >> wow. arresting me. >> okay. >> i'm sorry. i have nothing to do with that. >> i know. >> and witherspoon in damage control mode, including this apology on "good morning america" yesterday. >> i have no idea what i was saying that night. i saw him arresting my husband and i literally panicked, and i said all kinds of crazy things, i told him i was pregnant. i'm not pregnant. i said crazy things, and if you only hear me laughing, i have no
idea what i was talking about. and i am so sorry. i was so disrespectful to him, and i have police officers in my family. i work with police officers every day. i know better. >> tmz reports witherspoon will pay a $215 fine. her husband, toth, plead guilty to dui and will do 40 hours of community service. and better than expected jobs report. how will the markets react? we'll take you to the new york stock exchange, next. they considered all her assets, even those held elsewhere, giving her the confidence to pursue all her goals. when you want a financial advisor who sees the whole picture, turn to us. wells fargo advisors. who sees the whole picture, turn to us. great first gig! let's go! party! awwwww... arigato! we are outta here!
good morning. thank you for being with me. i'm carol costello. stories we're watching in the "newsroom," markets preparing to open on wall street after reports that the jobs report better than expected. opening bell ringing right now. alison kosik, numbers going up. >> see them? the bulls are running, carol. get ready for a record-setting day today, as the jobs picture
gets brighter. 165,000 jobs added in april. unemployment rate ticked lower from 7.6% to 7.5%. and 88,000 jobs that were added in march. that was revised higher. that is giving jubilation to the market, as well as in february, revisions there as well. to actually a level we haven't seen since 2005. we talk about this, the dow making history. a new record high. 14,908. s & p 500. crashed into the 1,600 level first time ever. this takes the index to a new century. more upward momentum to stocks psychologically. a boost to confidence if you are invested in it. and the jobs report is strong and revisions are certainly giving more momentum to the market this morning. >> carol, nice to hear from a change. can't tell you how nice it is. >> it is nice. >> alison kosik, thank you. >> sure. for the second time this
week, a u.s. military plane made by boeing, crashes shortly after takeoff. this time, a refueling plane. barbara starr at the pentagon, tell us about it. >> good morning, carol this is a boeing-made aircraft as you say, that crashed in kyrgistan, crashed in the northern part of the country. initial reports, may have been three or five crew on board. u.s. military plane that conduct refueling missions for troops in afghanistan. it's a major transit hub. the thing is, we have no idea yet of the cause of the crash. emergency crews are said to be on the scene, and we really don't know what happened here, whether it was mechanical or weather. the air force will launch an investigation into the incident. >> you might imagine it would with two crashes happening in such a short span of time. >> exactly. and, of course, they do all the time. that crash back in bagram air
base in afghanistan earlier this week, that was a cargo plane and of course, had a lot of heavy gear on board. as my colleague chris lawrence has reported. one of the suspicions there is maybe the cargo shifted, somehow came undone. heavy cargo. weight shifting might have sadly brought that plane down a lot of investigation into that. this one, not sure yet. it's very early going. >> ia i understand. the boston bombing suspects really had their sights on another target. we'll have more. and the markets up over 100 points already. we'll be right back. ♪
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things this morning. look at the dow. better than expected jobs report came out this friday. 1635,000 jobs added to the economy. the unemployment rate slipped ever so slightly. .1%. 7.5%. that's the lowest percentage since december of 2008. actually, the markets hit two records this morning. let's head to the new york stock exchange. >> a major milestone. look at the dow. 14, 968. highest trading level we've ever seen. look how close to the dow, 15,000. we talked about that jokingly very recently. dow 15,000, that will never happen. look, u.s. 40 points away from that. i wouldn't say it's such a stretch if we hit it tonight. s & p 500, a new level as well. crossing over the 1,600 level. going pretty far. 1613. the way wall street sees the jobs report.
very strong. wall street very sweet on the report, since the previsions for february and march, numbers of employers that added jobs, added so many, are you s you are seei street buy the market today. >> all right, carol. thank you. in other news in morning, for four months the jury in the jodi arias trial has heard details of a raunchy sex life, a blood-spattered crime scene and a litany of lies, the jury could start deliberating arias' fate as early as today. closing arguments expected to wrap up. a guilty verdict will get her executed by lethal injection. ted rowlands if phoenix with more. >> without a shadow of a doubt, she is a liar. >> reporter: jodi arias broke down when juan martinez laid out the argument that she is a cold-blooded killer that
premeditated the murder of travis alexander. >> she knew, absolutely knew and had already planned it. she knew. she was going to kill him. >> reporter: martinez told jurors that arias drove from northern california to his home in phoenix armed with a stolen gun. she used cans of gasoline to refuel the car and turned off her cell phone to avoid leaving a trail. >> she knew she was coming to kill him. >> reporter: family members openly wept as martinez, using graphic photos from the crime scene detailed how he says arias brutally stabbed alexander almost 30 times and shot him in the head. at one point, martinez noticed arias also crying. >> she may cry now, but the jury instructions have told you that sympathy is not to be considered in this particular case.
>> reporter: arias originally said that she wasn't there, testified that she killed alexander in self-defense. martinez told jurors not to believe a word she said on the witness stand. >> she's acting the part and she's lying. she's making all up. lied to everybody. >> reporter: and, carol, the jury will hear from the defense when court reconvenes in a couple of hours. they will try to convince jurors that she was acting self-defense and the victim of domestic abuse. she will be a tough act to follow. four hours juan martinez laid into jodi arias during his close yesterday. he will get the final word before they get the case. >> ted rowlands live this morning. for warren buffett, the definition of success has nothing to do with money. first, another look at the markets. you can see it is possible. we'll hit the 15,000 mark on the
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we've been telling you about this breaking news, a better than expected jobs report for april, 165,000 jobs added to the economy. the unemployment rate slips to 7.5%, and the markets are going wild. yes, it could hit 15,000. we got a statement from the white house on the numbers. i will read a bit of it. this is a quote. more work remains to be done, today's employment report provides further evidence that the u.s. economy is continuing to recover from the worst down
turn since the great depression. we must pursue policies to seek job creation and expand the middle class as we continue to dig our way out of deep hole that was caused by the severe recession that began in december 2007. as you can see, politics already coming into play. let's head to mexico and check in with jessica yellin traveling with the president. any more information out there, jessica? >> hi, carol. this is what i expected from the white house. we talked about just a short time ago, that they are cheering the numbers, but trying not to be overly enthusiastic, overstating that this is too rosy a picture, still 12 million americans unemployed full time. they point out, the private sector business growth is extremely strong or very strong. they say further down in the statement, "now is not the time
for washington to impose self-inflicted wounds on the economy" the admin distribution continues to urge the economy to replace the sequester with balanced deficit reduction. the administration's point is implicit, that if only congress were not engaging in political gains and pursuing this across the board budget cuts we've been talking about for so many months now, perhaps unemployment picture could be rosier. so the white house out with this statement, i'll point out to you, carol, a number of republicans have put out their own statements already, saying they believe the picture wiould be better if obama care weren't in place, if taxes were in a different place. each side is seeing their own political advantage in these numbers, but for americans, what this really means, a, a better picture on jobs and more stalemate in washington, carol. >> we want to talk more about that bottom line. are you right. the jobs numbers matter to real
people out there. christine romans, a business guru, alison kosik at the new york stock exchange. you will continue to be with us from mexico. stephen moore from the wall street journal on the phone with us. jessica was mentioning this, the statement from the white house, bottom, it says in talking about the numbers. it's important not to read too much into any one monthly report and informative to consider each report in the context of other data that will be coming available. what does the white house mean by that? >> they are trying to -- you look at the very beginning of the report. they say, quite frankly, while more work remains to be done, they are measured in the response to this. a lot of economists have been worried about a spring swoon. a slowdown in growth. the growth rate of the american economy into the spring, and that had been the worry. big revisions in february and
march toosoothed those fears a little bit. not just one month of jobs data. on average, job growth the 173,000 jobs. that is enough to lower the unemployment rate. that's enough to start eating away at the big number of jobs we lost during the recession, trying to get back. 173,000. i would really love to see like february, when we have 330,000 system, a month like that. we're not getting what we saw in february, the white house jobs reporting the private sector payroll employment. and when they do that, they want to show without government cutbacks you are seeing private industry. that's really the vehicle for growth, the engine for the american economy and it's so important. what you are hear and jessica is right, are you hearing from republicans, if it weren't for the president's health care
reform, you will see them be more confident as a way to knock down health care employment, and these are not happening next. >> as long as we get to the politics, we're all tired with that. we'll get into it, weexchange. could we really hit 15,000? >> it's the nice round numbers, like 15,000 on the dow. 1,600 on the s & p, creates more momentum, the wealth effect we see in the market and in turn, some analysts say it will create confidence for the american public when they see the stock market go up this high. at the same time, to really reap the rewards of the market, you have to be invested and the reality is, the bulk of americans are not invested in the stock market, their biggest asset happens to be their home.
prices, most likely less where they want it, where they have typically been the past several years, or underwater with the house. effect on the market, i wouldn't say it's few and far between, but it's probably close to that. that being said, you look at the s&p 500, it hit that 1600 level at the opening bell. if you're working and you have a 401 k and you're putting money into a mutual fund, that s&p 500 is something that your accounts track. it's adding to your investments today. >> let's go to steven moore. so and the politics will come later today. what do you make of this? alison is right, most people
don't have a lot of money to invest in the stock market. >> there are a lot of positive signs in the economy. maybe if the dow goes over 15,000, i will dance a jig. one of the things we're seeing is after the recession was over, businesses and corporations across america really became lean and efficient and they cut out a lot of that excess debt. i do think there's a lot of hope for growth right now, and the only thing i'd say political is i have kind of come to the conclusion that maybe some of this gridlock in washington and i think the market likes that. >> oh, man. jessica yellin, let's go to you
on that. because washington is gridlocked and they're not doing much, that could be good for the economy? >> reporter: well there is certainly cynicism out there, that washington doesn't really know what to do. the last time washington took big action on the economy, we got the sequester. the bigger picture here is that the fact that there is some positive news now could create an environment in washington where the two sides have a little bit more room to negotiate when we face the next debt ceiling. they will have to start talking about the budget. they will have to start talking about the next debt ceiling and some entitlement reform. there is some good news in today's job report.
maybe there's some possibility that we'll see some progress this summer as the two sides start to tang goe again. >> christine, i want you to button it up before we go to a break. put this in perspective and tell us what this all means. what does it all mean? >> it means the economy is slowly healing from the worst financial crisis any of us will ever experience. it means companies are having to hire people. it's nowhere what we would like to see. my last piece of advice, i guess, is your jobless rate is either 100% or 0%. all of these numbers for a lot of people out there mean nothing unless you have a job. listen, for a long time we've been saying the jobless rate has
been falling because people have been dropping out of the labor market. last month, people didn't drop out of the market. >> christine romans, alison kosik, jessica yellin, and steven moore, thanks to all of you. when we come back in the "newsroom," we're going to talk about more in boston and get his advice on how you can capitalize on all this. poppy harlow will have a special report. [ male announcer ] this is bob,
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tweeting? >> good morning. well you know this first tweet came in a conversation he had yesterday at the university of nebraska. the focus of the conversation was women and work. something that's gotten a lot of attention lately, especially with sand berg. this is why he had this conversation. he said that women are a major reason why we, america, will do so well. why he is so optimistic about the future of america's economy. he was asked why that is. here is his answer. >> it just stands to reason if the united states got to where it was from 1776 and made all the progress it did, more than half that period women being
shut out of activities. they had all this ability not totally going to waste, but certainly not reaching its potential. just think what you can do when you get the whole team out there. >> he says he's had these ideas in his head a long time. women run some of the companies he owns. this point in time, he wanted to get his thoughts out there. this conversation is heating up in america right now. he talked about the importance of flexible hours saying it is not going to work in every environment, but it is something employers are going to consider. his role models are his first wife, fortune writer carol lieu mus, and he mentioned katherine graham. she was the ceo of the
washington post economy. very interesting. >> a lot of women can relate to that. the next hour of "cnn newsroom" starts now. happening now in the "newsroom," breaking overnight, california inferno. walls of flames burning through the l.a. area. >> i'm going to stay until i know our house is still here. also july fourth attacks, the boston bomber suspect saying they initially planned an independence day attack in downtown boston. plus, reese under arrest. the arrest and the tapes.
and the family of the woman gone missing 11 years talks to cnn. her daughter is not mincing words saying she hopes her mother rots in hell. >> do you want to see her? >> as of right now, i don't. i don't think she deserves to see me. you're live in the "cnn newsroom." good morning. thank you so much for being with me this morning. we are following breaking news on the economy. this morning we're seeing the lowest jobless rate since december of 2008. the new number is 7.5%, that's the unemployment rate. 165,000 jobs were created in april. christine romans will break down what the numbers mean, jessica yellin is in mexico with the president. first let's head to the new york stock exchange.
>> it looks that way. 30 points from the 15,000 market. the s&p hit 1600 and really just blowing through it. right now at 16.13. this is happening because of that positive jobs report showing employers added 165,000 jobs in april. wall street is hoping this trend continues, especially with those revisions of march and february showing more jobs were added than first expected. >> the s&p not doing so shabby this morning. >> exactly. we are certainly watching that. it takes longer for it to reach these milestone. the fact it reached this milestone today is amazing.
it is a good indicator for the wealth effect we're seeing in the market as well. the market moves by this technical levels. it is giving more oomp to the rest of the market. >> unbelievable. thanks so much. let's head to new york city. i'm going to pick my computer up. there you are. look. switch back to me so we can see. the drudge report has a big smiley face. and i show that because it is unusual because the drudge report is a conservative website. doesn't have much positive things to say about the economy or president obama. what should we take away from that? >> everybody likes to have jobs grow. this beginning of the year has been stronger than we thought. when you look over the past year
about 173,000 jobs created. what i would really like to see -- you see this spike right here in february. i would like to see a lot of months like that. that's the best we've seen since the census numbers. i want to show you where these jobs are. retail jobs 29,000. health care jobs we see a net creation of health care jobs. manufacturing flat. that's hasn't been a real source in the last couple of months. those are where we are seeing the jobs created at this point. one thing economists like to point out is we're creating jobs, but they're not sustainable jobs. the last number i'll give you -- >> can we stick on that for just
a second? >> sure. >> the wage gap is wider than ever in this country, right? >> yeah. in some cases these are part-time jobs. companies are adding jobs but cautiously. companies got very mean and lean and cut to the bone. if you see the economy start to grow, they're going to have to hire more robustly. these are numbers -- we look at the stock market for example, this is a good jobs report. this is a weaker than normal recovery and that's just the truth. >> all right. you stick around. we want to head to mexico for a white house reaction. jessica yellin is traveling with the president. what's the white house saying? >> reporter: it's a measured reaction from the white house. the president's chief economist
saying today's report provides further evidence that the u.s. economy is recovering from the worst downturn since the great depressi depression. if congress and washington were more functional in their review, they -- quote, now is not the time for washington to impose self-inflicted wounds on the economy. the administration continued to urge congress to replace the sequester with balanced deficit redestructions. these spending cuts are holding down growth. were they not in place, our economic recovery would be even stronger. the white house argues in this statement, we shouldn't read too much into one month's job numbers because these can be
volatile. the numbers in the last few months were revised. republicans taking an opposite approach. >> so let the politics begin. jessica yellin, thanks so much. now the latest updates on the boston bombings investigation. today we could find out exactly how tamerlan tsarnaev was killed during his confrontation with police. a hearse presumed to be carrying his body was spotted at a funeral home. his sisters and uncle have claimed the body, but the body will not be buried until an independent autopsy is complete. a relative insists tamerlan
tsarnaev will be buried in massachusetts. we're getting shocking information on the original boston plans. >> reporter: a u.s. law enforcement official tells cnn the tsarnaev brothers initially considered a suicide attack during the fourth of july celebration when it is packed with spectators. all of this according to dzhokhar tsarnaev who told investigators they moved up the date to the boston marathon because the bombs were ready sooner than expected. they were built in the very home that his older brother shared with his wife and child. late thursday a van believed to be carrying tamerlan's body transferred to a funeral home outside of boston. it is unclear what, if anything, russell may have known or
suspected. russell's attorney says she continues to cooperate with authorities. authorities have more questions for dzhokhar tsarnaev's friends from the university of massachusetts dartmouth now facing charges for obstructing justice and lying to authorities. as the investigation continues, so too does the recovery for victims. like this man who lost a leg in the bombing. >> i was scared because they thought i was dead. >> reporter: he draws strength every day with a photo of the 5-year-old son. >> when they're ripping and changing bandages, i'm looking at that picture. that's what got me through it. >> reporter: a little bit more about the planning of all this. the bombs that were made at
tamerlan tsarnaev's apartment, the decision was made to move up the attack date just a day or so before the boston marathon because the bombs were ready earlier that be expected. >> let's bring in juliette kayyem. >> good morning. >> let's talk about that. supposedly these suspects built the bomb fast. they had planned to detonate these bombs on july fourth. then they thought, wow, the bombs are all made. then they started casing police departments and then they decided on the boston marathon. does this sound like a well organized plot to you? >> not at all. there's two parts to it that seem incompatible. the one is they were really
sophisticated at making these bombs. that's why there's still speculation about how they learned to make the bombs and so quickly. the tactic and strategy of putting them wherever was most convenient is completely inconsistent with most terrorist planning. it is inconsistent with how international terrorist groups think about attacks in america. and so that's -- it just reflects as we've been saying the last couple of weeks the sort of -- i don't know. just sort of carelessness of how they did this and they had no exit strategy and they seemed to just show up at the marathon. this seems consistent with the story line of these guys with their friends planning something so violent. >> and the other part of this, there are reports these guys
considered suicide attacks, but then they changed their mind. >> right, which is convenient for them, i guess. >> yeah. >> i always thought that, something seemed odd about calling them a bunch of names related to jihadism. these were people not willing to die for their cause. so careless about their planning that they didn't even try to cover it up. they get identified three days later. they're asking their friends to hide things. this is part of putting a narrative together about what happened both because we need to find out whether any terrorist organizations abroad knew anything about it or helped them plan it or if there was clues in the community that helped them
elsewhere. this is consistent with something -- just because i'm from boston, this seemed like a particularly boston attack. it really is a boston event. the fact they would have picked july fourth, which is a huge celebration here, would have been actually more violent. >> juliette kayyem, thanks so much. let's talk about the families of the victims. they could get more than $1 million each. survivors that also lost more than one limb could get more than $1 million each. they are going to contribute the money next week. that fund has raised about $18 million and counting.
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okay. let's take a look at the dow. it's up 159 points. s&p hit 1600 today. 165,000 jobs added to our economy. the unemployment rate slipped a bit to 7.5%. you can see where the stock market is headed. now we must talk about what's happening in southern california because firefighters are battling several wild fires. the biggest fire is still in ventura county. about 2,000 homes could go up in flames. you can see the pictures are
unbelievable. 8,000 acres have burned already. >> reporter: the smoke is just absolutely horrific. these people are right now trying to evacuate. >> you can see the flames. they're inching closer to these neighborhoods as homes sit empty. stephanie joins us near the fire line. take us on a tour. >> reporter: now that a sun has joined us here on the west coast, you can see what we've been up against. we just got a little sprout of fire popping up. this is along the pacific coast highway. there's some smoke billowing up. we've seen bursts of red fire up there. you can see that the fire is burning all the way along it.
it already burned down and jumped over the pch earlier this morning. overnight we watched that happened. as you come down from the fire, it is quite a beautiful sunrise. there's more fire over there. just to give you perspective, there is the beautiful pacific ocean right up against where this fire is coming on down towards us. >> it is just unbelievable. as far as we know, most people have evacuated their homes in the danger zone. they've listened to firefighters and left. >> reporter: right. the springs fire expanded to 10,000 acres over night. firefighters only have 10% of it
contained at this point. if you feel threatened, they're telling people to get out. hotels where we're staying, they're booked up solid with everyone trying to get away from the fire. >> that's good to hear. it's the new normal. victims of the boston marathon bombing forced to relearn tasks all with artificial limbs. we'll show you some of the filmed therapy when we come back. ♪
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the better than expected jobs report for april. let's check in with alison kosik. >> we did hit 15,000 on the dow. if you thought you'd missed it, they cheered on the floor. they cheered. i heard a few bells go off. a little excitement, and then it pulled back ever so slightly. i wouldn't be surprised if it hits it again. what's helping the dow move forward is also the s&p 500. it is more representative of the market. it contains 500 stocks instead of 30. it hit 1600 at the hoping bell. these are fun levels to watch. i don't think this is like watching paint dry. >> it is fun.
thanks so much. many boston marathon victims suffered amputations as you know and they'll have to relearn simple tasks. dr. sanjay gupta gives us a glimpse of what those victims will go through in the weeks and months ahead. >> reporter: it takes time, about six week post surgery for an amputee to take this first step. >> one of the important thing is this wound has to heal up completely. after that is done, they have to shape the remaining area of the leg and put something on to short of sh rink thosetiissues. >> reporter: peter who lost his leg due to complications from
diabetes -- >> two hands before that. let me show you something else. when you actually look specifically at what's happening with this over here, he's stepping up with his good leg over there. look what's happening with the prosthetic, the heel to toe rock. that's something that he has to practice. >> reporter: every day tasks like making coffee is part of therapy as well. he is trusting his leg. he's got a lot of balance and he's successfully testing but move around the kitchen here. he's never done this before. it is an uneven surface.
he has to bend his knees. a lot harder than it looks with a new prosthetic device. >> reporter: the first month is all about the basics for those amputees. >> some people say this is going to be a new normal for these patients, but you say it is actually more just normal. >> once they look back on this situation, this will all be a nightmare. yes, there is a loss that's permanent. they have every reason to expect they're going to be able to go on and live the same happy, satisfied lives. >> reporter: thanks to prosthetic technology, most amputees go on to not only live a normal life, but to push
themselves. >> the future is much brighter than they can imagine. >> that was dr. sanjay gupta reporting. we are waiting for president obama to speak in front of a group of students in mexico city. after he gives this speech, he'll meet with mexican businessman. ♪ [ agent smith ] i've found software that intrigues me. it appears it's an agent of good. ♪ [ agent smith ] ge software connects patients to nurses to the right machines
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165,000 jobs created. it pushes the jobless rate down to 7.5%. that's the best rate since december of 2008. alison kosik has been watching the numbers. we hit it again. >> 15,000 and beyond. it hit 15,006. you're seeing wall street cheer. this jo-- we were talking about those 88,000 jobs added in march. that was revised higher to 138,000. the trick is to see this momentum continue. you see this strength in the early part of the year. then you see things level off
and fall. next month can be a very different story. for now, let's enjoy it. >> i'm with you. we're going to enjoy it. as i told you before the break, president obama is speaking in mexico city. he is speaking to hundreds of young people in mexico city. let's listen for a while. >> -- who claim heritage on both sides. our attitudes are sometimes trapped in old stereotypes. some americans only see the mexico that is depicted in sensational headlines and border crossing. some mexicans think americans are trying to impose themselves on american sovereignty.
in both countries such distortions create misunderstanding that make it harder for us to move forward together. i have come to mexico because i think it is time to put the old mind sets aside and it is important to recognize the progress of mexico. [ applause ] >> it is true there are mexicans all across the country who are making courageous sacrifices for the security of your country. there are those who are still struggling to get a better life, but what's also clear is a new mexico is emerging. citizens are standing up and
saying violence and impunity is not acceptable. a robust civil society, including -- >> we're going to pull away. the president speaking to students in mexico city telling them how they can help their country's future. go to cnn.com/live. the nra is holding it's annual meeting -- no celebrating the fact the nra -- our chief congressional correspondent is in washington. i want to read to you what was on a facebook page this morning. quote, nothing like waking up to a poll saying you're the nation's least popular senator p
given the public's dim view of congress in general, that puts me somewhere just below pond scum, end quote. >> perhaps they're under fire. they're not unfamiliar with that. what is most fascinating about what's going on during this congressional recess is what's happening with gun control groups. their strategy is simple. they're trying to get senators to change their mind by publicly shaming them. >> is the senator in today? >> reporter: karen's son was killed in colorado movie massacre. she's been trying unsuccessfully to see her senator since he voted against expanding background checks last month. the gun control group sent her to try again this time inviting
cameras. >> i want him to look a mother in the eye who has lost her child. i want to see the pain. >> reporter: it is just one part of a coordinated effort to use this week's senate recess to keep the gun control live despite losing the background check vote. the same group sent her to new hampshire to confront another senator. she voted against expanded background checks. . >> as you and i both know, the issue wasn't background checks either. the issue was sandy hook. >> reporter: in order to find the votes needed, they need to
change some senate minds. here is one of four senate democrats to vote no on expanding being checks. they're trying to target him with this new ad. >> guns can protect us, but we're less safe with guns in the wrong hands. >> reporter: the nra isn't taking anything for grants, pushing just as hard to keep these senators in their corner. gun control groups insist senators who voted against expanding background checks are taking a hit with constituents. ayotte's approval rating is
dropping. quote that probably puts me somewhere just below pond scum. telling her quote, strengthening background checks is something we agree on. >> after receiving this letter, i would expect the senator to look me in the eye and explain why he ignored me. >> so why did he vote know after writing that to a constituent? >> the reason for that was he believed that the amendment was written too broadly and he would have, quote, encroached on propriety sales. i got to tell you there was a town hall in arizona last night. john mccain was one of only four republicans who supported this background check expansion. he put the chances at 50/50 they
can get something done. it is unclear how much gun control advocates are willing to give up because they're going to have to give up more. >> thank so much. two people planning on attending the meeting by the nra. welcome to you both. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you for being here. both of you have become gun control advocates. air ka, i want to start with you. what do you plan to do at the nra's annual meeting? >> 74% of nra members do support the expanded background checks. i hope i get the opportunity to meet some of the members and get
an understanding of why their leadership is so far right of where the majority of their members are. >> do you plan to do something similar at the meetings that will take place? >> i am absolutely hoping that i have the opportunity to conversations with nra members and get an understanding of where they stand. as far as the town hall meeting in new hampshire, i came with a very simple question for the senator to answer and for the second time she avoided having to answer my question. i am really hoping that doesn't happen and i can just real have some dialogue with the members. >> it sounds like you're going to demand answers. they expect this year's meeting to be the biggest meeting ever,
80,000 people. do you feel like the underdog here? >> definitely. definitely feel like the underdog. we would like to convince the nra -- the nra supported this bill and the brady act back when clinton was president. i don't understand why they don't support it now. over 90% of the voters in america support universal background checks. we would like to get the nra's support for the universal background checks. and there has to be some changes to the law, but we need to get a law that will put a stop to these violent shootings taking place. >> some might say the new tactic is shaming lawmakers and members of the nra sounds kind of desperate. in your mind, how would you
describe it? >> i am trying to get them to answer a very simple question. a lot of their defense has been, for example, the burden on people who are trying to sell guns. that's really irrelevant in my mind. what about the burden on the family members who are victims of gun violence? i think our burden really does outweigh. i'm trying to get some answers. i've trying calling and knocking on doors in washington. if i have to travel to their specific states to get an answer, i will do that. it is trying to figure out where we can find a common ground. >> thank you so much for joining us this morning. >> thank you. >> thank you. we'll be right back.
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